News

Reading officer charged with theft of evidence

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 24, 2014 5:19 AM
Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for police lights.jpg

(Reading) -- A Reading City police officer has been charged with stealing thousands of dollars from the department's evidence room to fund his gambling habit.

Forty-seven-year-old Jodi Royer has surrendered to Berks County detectives  to face charges including theft and evidence tampering.

The 24 year-veteran of the force is on medical leave

Investigators say an audit of the department's evidence and property room determined that nearly $15,000 from four cases was stolen.

In additional cases that were identified, Royer allegedly replaced the stolen money with his own funds.

The thefts occurred between April 2011 and March of this year.

Chief William Heim said Royer is being placed on suspension with the intent to dismiss.

Published in News

Tagged under , , , , , ,

back to top

Post a comment

Support for witf is provided by:

Become a witf sponsor today »

witf's Public Insight Network

Grave 43: Remembering Pony

Real Life Real Issues

National Edward R. Murrow Awards

DuPont Columbia Awards

Support Local Journalism

Latest News from NPR

Support for witf is provided by:

Become a witf sponsor today »